The Maple Leaf
The Maple Leaf is another block
that is usually done in rich, Autumn colors.
There is only one thing new to
learn in this block, and once you understand how easy it is to do,
you will realize how simple this block is to make.
You can see the squares and the half square
triangles in the picture. The squares are cut to 3 1/2 inches.
To make the half square
you first cut 3 7/8 inch squares from each fabric. Then you
cut them in half diagonally, and sew them together again,
matching a dark with a light.
Here is how you do the stem on the bottom right. Once again your
are working with squares, and smaller squares on top, but it is a
The dark colored stem is going
to come from a 3 1/2 inch square. You are going to attach two
smaller light squares, so that only a strip of the dark fabric
remains. Both of these light, smaller squares will be 3 1/8
Draw a diagonal line on the
white square, and place the first one on the top right corner of the
block, per the picture. Sew on the marked line.
Press the small square toward the upper corner.
Then attach the second square
on the lower left, with the diagonal line running the same
direction. Again, sew on the line, and press again toward the
You will find that you have
left just enough of the darker fabric underneath to make the stem.
You can trim the excess fabric,
leaving about 1/4 inch.
Sew all the pieces together,
remembering to turn your seams in opposite directions. Again,
there should be 1/4 of an inch from the end of the points to the
edge of the fabric.
Which way to press the seams is
sometimes determined by the direction they want to go.
I find the square with the stem
has the largest desire to be pressed toward the center. So I
press the top and bottom row toward the center, and the middle row
toward the outside edge.
Your can press the rows either
way. I pressed the corner rows toward the center.
Block size -
9 1/2 x 9 1/2